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If I am completely honest I was a little bit of a stick-in-the-mud when I first thought about the product offered by My Food Bag: delivering all the ingredients you need to make a week worth of evening meals. That said, I still jumped at the chance to try out one of their new My Family Food Bags. It is fair to say that I am now a complete convert. It is simply brilliant and I would definitely use the service again.

My family food bag experience

The whole experience was really enjoyable. The bags arrived at designated time and date. You can choose between a Sunday or Monday night and select one of two time frames for delivery. I was slightly slow off the mark answering the door they day My Family Food Bags arrived, so arrived to see three beautiful overflowing brown bags of goodies. I was in love from the start.

Unpacking the bags was so much fun. Until you receive the groceries you don’t have much idea of what is in store for you that week. I was delighted to discover they were stuffed with new products and brands I had not used before and really great quality organic/free range meats and lovely produce.

As a first time customer we received a great folder containing recipes for five nights worth of meals for a family of five. This aims to cater for two adults and upto three children. Our family to a tee.

Being a Family Food Bag, the meals were pitched as family meals. Brilliant. I decided early on to let my husband try it out. He likes to cook if he has everything in stock and a recipe ready to go. He expertly cooked the chicken nuggets, and another new meal which he has subsequently re-made and improvised. Both of us have been inspired by the experience.

The kids loved the meals, and I found them really delicious. As a home cook, I often get set in my ways of doing things, my focus can sometimes be on creating something I know will get eaten. Sometimes I forget to try new things out on the kids… I thought I would share one of the My Food Bag recipes with you because it was a cracker.

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Thank you to My Food Bag for allowing us to reproduce this recipe. I know our readers will love it. I particularly loved the inclusion of the bacon  in the meat balls and the cooking method – straight into the sauce.

My family food bag experience - Mini Italian meatballs
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion
  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 x 390 g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 390 g carton tomato puree
  • 300 g beef
  • 250 g eye bacon, excess fat trimmed, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • large pinch black pepper
  • Pasta
  • Large pot boiling water
  • 300 g dried pasta or spaghetti
  • Vegetables
  • 1 stem broccoli
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into strips
  • 2 tsp butter
  • To serve
  • ¾ cup shaved parmesan
  • ½ cup basil leaves (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil..
  2. Heat olive oil in a large fry pan on medium heat and saute onion for 2 minutes. Add rosemary and carrot, cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in chopped tomatoes and puree, cover and leave to simmer for 3 minutes. Uncover, stir and cook for a further 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add spaghetti to boiling water, stir and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until al dente (just cooked). Drain.
  4. Combine mince, bacon, garlic, parsley and pepper in a bowl. Mix well with a fork or your clean hands. Remove a teaspoon of the mixture at a time and shape into small balls. Add all the meatballs to the tomato sauce, cover and simmer on a low heat for 2 minutes. Stir, cover and cook for a further 2 minutes until balls are firm and cooked through.
  5. Add drained spaghetti back to the pot and pour half the tomato sauce and meatballs on top. Sir through with a pasta or wooden spoon. Heat and stir over a high heat until noodles are hot.
  6. Briefly steam, boil or microwave the broccoli and carrots for 2-3 minutes until just cooked. Toss with butter.
  7. To serve: place spaghetti in to shallow bowls, top with a spoon of hot tomato sauce and meatballs. Sprinkle over shaved parmesan cheese and serve vegetables on the side.
Mummy to three small boys

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